The Key Stage 3 curriculum at Kingdown School is designed to be stimulating, exciting, challenging and inclusive to the needs of all learners. We believe very strongly in an ‘entitlement curriculum’ across Years 7 and 8, which means that all students will experience the full diversity of our curriculum in the early years of secondary school.

Across Years 7 and 8, the overriding aim is to equip learners with the key skills to be successful – both later in school, and then for later life.

We therefore have a key focus on:

  • Literacy across the curriculum. Literacy permeates all subject areas, and the key aspects of good literacy are regularly reinforced in subjects as diverse as Art and PE.
  • Numeracy in its many forms. Outside of maths, students are often exposed to aspects of numeracy in, for example, Science, Geography and Design.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 offers the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Computing and ICT
  • Design – Food, Engineering, Product Design and Textiles
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Learning to Learn (Y7)
  • Literacy[_list_item]
  • Maths

  • Music
  • PSHE (Y8) – Personal, Social and Health Education
  • PE
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

Options in Key Stage 3

By the end of Year 8, students are offered a number of options for their Year 9 curriculum. This process has two aims:

  • To enable students to begin to specialise in areas of the curriculum they particularly enjoy, or are particularly successful in.
  • To provide a ‘practice run’ at the GCSE options process, which takes place towards the end of Year 9.

Students are able to make choices in the Creative Arts, Design, and the Humanities.

Students who change their mind as they move through Year 9 will be supported to transfer their options to a more appropriate choice. We are all allowed to make mistakes!

From January, students will begin their GCSE courses in English, Maths and Science.

In mid-Year 9, students begin the curriculum choices process for GCSE. This allows students to select up to four subjects to study to GCSE level, from a choice of around 20 subjects.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about Key Stage 3, please contact:

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